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Mulligan in tears over Winslet meet

Carey Mulligan has revealed how she once refused to meet Kate Winslet, because she was "ashamed" of her performance on stage.

The 29-year-old actress slipped out of an encounter with the Oscar-winning star and her then husband Sam Mendes, following a performance of her play The Seagull .

"Someone came to our dressing-room and said: 'Oh, my God! Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet are here.' And I was like, 'Are you kidding?' And I burst into tears," she told UK Harper's Bazaar.

"Everyone else from the cast went to do a meet-and-greet with him and I went out the back door. I didn't want to go anywhere near them, I was so ashamed. I just got into a cab, went home and cried," she added.

The pressure to perfect her performance can take its toll on Carey.

"On Skylight, there were nights I would find out retrospectively that Steve [McQueen] came, for example, and it was the worst show of the entire run," Carey said. "It was the same on The Seagull, the night that Sam Mendes came."

The Inside Llewyn Davis star said she admires actresses like Kate, Marion Cotillard and Cate Blanchett because of their "strong, bold" career choices.

" I have a fear of being passive and every choice they make is really strong. Even if they're playing something very quiet, it's visceral and bold," she explained.

The actress, who is married to Mumford And Sons singer Marcus Mumford, admitted it has taken time for her to feel comfortable on set and on the stage.

"I'm better at it now. I think it's getting older," she admitted. "The first couple of jobs I did, I was like, 'How did I land this? I hope they don't fire me.' Now I do that less. I have opinions."

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